Elizabeth Guzman is a second generation child of a union father. Elizabeth came to America to find better opportunities for her oldest daughter Pamela. Through her three jobs to afford one bedroom apartment, she helped Pamela achieve the American Dream. She worked her way through school, taking on student loan debt and eventually earned two master's degrees, one in public administration and one social work. She started her family in Virginia, and has four wonderful children that she raises with her husband Carlos.
When she realized that not everyone has the opportunity to make it like her, she fought back. In 2017, she defeated an entrenched Republican on the promise of bringing the voices of working people and people who look like her to Richmond, and became one of the first Latinas elected to the chamber. As a legislator, Elizabeth fought for progressive priorities in the legislature, and that every piece of legislation helped working people across Virginia. She passed a bill that gave teachers across the Commonwealth a raise, held corporate polluters accountable, and helped make Medicaid Expansion a reality, all while being in the minority. Elizabeth has fought on a platform of being accessible to voters and constituencies, and made commitments to hold town halls and talk to voters regardless of political partisanship. She made history as the Chair of the Freshman Class.
As part of the Blue Wave, Elizabeth joined the majority in 2019, and helped pass some of the most progressive legislation in recent history, rolling back 26 years of Republican legislation. She led her caucus to pass landmark legislation allowing collective bargaining for localities, helped overturn years of anti-women’s healthcare legislation, and has led the way on paid sick leave in the Commonwealth. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair on the education committee and the chair for the Sub-Committee in Social Services. Elizabeth is still leading in Virginia. She currently serves on Vice President Biden’s Latino Leadership Council, as a member of the Democratic National Committee representing Virginia, and on the National Hispanic Leadership Council for the Biden Campaign.
Elizabeth is running for Lieutenant Governor to hold Richmond accountable to the voters of every zip code in Virginia, and make sure everyone has a voice in the State Senate. We need a Lieutenant Governor who gives voice to the voiceless, who will help implement real action on the issues. Virginia’s children deserve an advocate who will fight for an opportunity to succeed. Latinos and immigrants deserve a champion who will stand up for them, not demonize them. Working families deserve a Lt. Governor who will advocate for an economy that works for everyone, not just big business. Having come here, worked here, started a family here, served communities here, fought for working people here, and brought real change here, Elizabeth has the life and professional experiences, and the track record, to help lead the Commonwealth as Lieutenant Governor.